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Women in History Hall of Fame lecture Saturday at museum

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” That adage may well describe Arizona women: equally capable of toting a gun, punching cattle, fighting off hostiles, and anything a man could do without exception ... and often with a baby in hand.

Documenting the achievements of women in Arizona remains a hallmark of the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame, and will be the featured presentation celebrating Women’s History Month at Sharlot Hall Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the West Gallery.

Since Territorial days, Arizona women have been a mixture of homemaker and survivalist, curator and activist, and an indomitable force of history-makers.

Sharlot Hall, namesake of the museum, was one of the first women named to the Hall of Fame, and was honored posthumously for her life-work as a journalist, historian, political activist and first woman in Arizona to hold public office (back in 1909).

Other Arizona honorees have included Frances Munds, a women’s suffragist and Arizona State Senator; Grace Sparkes, historic preservationist, tourism booster and community builder; Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Chieftess Viola Jimulla; and physician Florence Yount — to name only a few.

Presently, 108 “Legacy” honorees have been inducted posthumously into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame, plus four “Living Legacy” inductees, including Prescott’s Elisabeth Ruffner and Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor, retired justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Norma Jean Coulter and Zona Lorig, both with the AzWHF executive board, share stories that tell of the resilient women who struggled and preserved, often under difficult circumstances. Admission to the presentation is free, and seating is limited.

Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza. For more information, contact the Museum by phone at 928-277-2015, or the website: www.sharlot.org.

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